Written by his Widow, Elizabeth, this memoir covers the life of Captain Mayne Reid. Mayne Reid was a popular author of children's books of the more adventurous kind. At the time of his death he had published well over seventy novels.
, then prematurely bald.
"While acknowledging this as one of Poe's failings, I can speak truly of its not being habitual; only occasional, and drawn out by some accidental circumstance--now disappointment; now the concurrence of a social crowd, whose flattering friendship might lead to champagne, a single glass of which used to affect him so much that he was hardly any longer responsible for his actions, or the disposal of his hat.
"I have chronicled the poet's crimes, all that I ever knew him to be guilty of, and, indeed, all that can be honestly alleged against him; though many call him a monster. It is time to say a word of his virtues. I could expatiate upon these far beyond the space left me; or I might sum them up in a single sentence by saying that he was no worse and no better than most other men.
"I have known him to be for a whole month closeted in his own house--the little `shanty' supported against the gable of the rich Quaker--all the time hard at w